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Hani the tiger died of heart failure: zoo necropsy 0

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

Three-year-old tiger Hani was found dead at the Greater Vancouver Zoo April 30, 2014. (PHOTO COURTESY GREATER VANCOUVER ZOO)

Three-year-old tiger Hani was found dead at the Greater Vancouver Zoo April 30, 2014. (PHOTO COURTESY GREATER VANCOUVER ZOO)

The Greater Vancouver Zoo says a necropsy showed that Hani the tiger died as a result of heart failure.

The zoo, based in the Fraser Valley, issued a release Tuesday detailing an unclassified form of cardiomyopathy.

“Many domestic cats and some breeds of dogs suffer from similar forms of cardiomyopathy and it is almost always associated with sudden death,” said Dr. Bruce Burton in the release. “Sadly, there are no warning signs with this disease and no successful treatment protocols.”

Burton said there was nothing that could be done to save the tiger.

Hani and its sister were born in Seoul, South Korea in 2011 and brought to the Greater Vancouver Zoo in 2012.

 

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